Toyota has put on pause the acceptance of orders for the classic Land Cruiser 70, which has not been off the assembly line since 1984. However, the SUV is not planned to be retired. The point is record demand: recently it has been so high that the manufacturer hardly manages to fulfill the collected orders. The ongoing shortage of microelectronics also hinders their implementation, forcing the assembly to be stopped from time to time.
Toyota confirmed the information about the suspension of accepting orders for the Land Cruiser 70. The shortage of chips, which has been hindering the production of modern cars with “complex” electronics for several years, has also reached the 38-year-old model, which in 2020 got a 6.1-inch touchscreen. According to a Toyota representative, due to constant interruptions in the supply of parts, the company has to reduce production volumes.
At the same time, the popularity of the classic Cruzac has reached a historic high: Australians appreciate it for its low price, reliability, and relative ease of maintenance. In May, it became known that Toyota’s bestseller was sold out until 2024. By the way, this year the model will celebrate its 40th anniversary.
A year ago, Toyota announced the next update of the Land Cruiser 70, scheduled for November 2022: the car was going to increase the load capacity, as well as adjust it to the tightened Australian safety requirements. It is still unclear how the pause in orders will affect these plans.
In Australia, the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 is offered with a 4.5-liter V8 turbo diesel developing 205 horsepower and 430 Nm of torque. The SUV also has a version with a 4.0 V6 gasoline engine with a capacity of 228 forces (370 Nm). In addition to the southern continent, it is popular in the Middle East, but its availability is not reported there.
In early July, Toyota stopped accepting orders for the new Land Cruiser with the 300 indexes, and with it — for Lexus LX and NX. According to the brand’s website, the number of orders collected “significantly exceeds the production capacity.”